Tourist Friendly Places to Visit in India

Travelling India, well that can be very hectic and confusing since there are a lot of places to travel and with all that running along, one just hopes to find a proper place to stay and variety in food items which one can enjoy. A place where one can feel comfortable and enjoy at the same time, a friendly place indeed.

So here is a list of 10 friendly places in India and their best features.

  1. Mumbai

 

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The city of dreams, Mumbai not only attracts dreamers but also tourists. It is a place of infinite possibilities.

From those luxurious malls and restaurants to the side stall vendors.

Mumbai never sleeps well that’s true. The nightlife is an attraction to youngsters from all around.

If you wish to go shopping, then Mumbai is a hub for it too. All the latest fashion at all types of prices. Overall Mumbai deserves to be called the most tourist friendly place.

 2. Goa

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Goa is said to be most famous destination for backpackers with a low budget. If you want to party, then visit Goa because It holds the 6th position in the world for the nightlife as stated by a national geographic book.

Most of the attraction though is its coastal areas or the beaches. Anyone can come and stay at a mere sum of Rs.500/night in the shacks lined along the beaches.

The food is also budget friendly since the stalls on the beach offers a wide variety of seafood.

It also allures those history buffs to beautiful Portuguese architecture like moths to fire.

Overall a beautiful destination one should must visit.

3. Manali

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Nestled in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, this hill station is a sight for those sore eyes. It’s a perfect escape plan for the backpackers. There are many adventure sports that it offers like trekking, climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, rafting and skiing which mostly attract youngsters.

With a lot of beautiful resorts for accommodation it calls out to a lot of honeymooners while other travellers prefer the old Manali with plenty services and laid back vibe. Overall this place is a pretty chilled out place.

4. Agra

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Have you visited any of the seven wonders? Well, Agra gives you that one chance to visit at least one of those, The Taj Mahal. Apart from Taj Mahal, Agra is one of the city that showcases the legacy of the Mughal empire with the enchanting castles and fascinating tombs.

From budget to luxury, it offers plenty of accommodations all near and around The Taj.

Famous for its pethas Agra also is renowned for the mughlai food. Hence it is not only an attraction for Indians but foreign travellers too.

5. Rishikesh

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Situated on the foothills of Himalayas, besides river Ganges, Rishikesh is a renowned centre for its temples and ashrams. This city focuses on the enlightenment of the souls through salvation. A spiritual town indeed. Not only an alcohol-free city but also a vegetarian city by law.

It is also rising as the adventure capital of India because it offers trekking on the mountains of Himalayas, white river rafting attracting a lot of youngsters.

6. Amritsar

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Taking a tour on the north-western side of India one should definitely visit the holy town in Punjab also known as Ambarsar. Its walls secure the Golden temple which is said to be the most sacred shrine for Sikhs all around the country. The temple offers services to all those who visit. Amritsar is also famous for its rich cuisines and Jallianwala bagh massacre. Several markets are packed up all around the town. The walls of the city have faced a lot of wounds during the struggle of independence and one should visit to see how they flaunt it with pride now.

7. Chennai

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Also, known as the southern capital of India, Chennai comes 4th on the list of largest economy of the country. Lined up by the Bay of Bengal, gives you a chance to walk around on sand during sunsets on the Marina beach. The people here are warm hearted and proud of their city.

This upcoming city is sprinkled with all types of malls, clubs, luxurious hotels and local markets. The city is also rich in its cultural heritage.

8. Rajasthan

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The sand state of India is also the largest state in the country. The heritage is impossible to miss with those beautiful art sculptures or the unique jewellery. Those enormous mansions carved with intricate designs invite you in wholeheartedly. The traditional rides being the camels and elephants, this state have yet not forgotten the very basic roots of the old Mughal India. Cities worth visiting are the pink city, Jaipur, the city of lakes, Udaipur, the desert city, Jaisalmer, the haunted city, Bhangarh, etcetera. The folk music, the liveliness, the spices and the magnificent forts will leave you mesmerized for days and the trip impossible to forget.

9. Bengaluru

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Formerly known as Bangalore, is the most progressive city in India with all the IT sectors. The city mostly comprises of youngsters hence the nightlife is pretty appealing for people all around. Though the city experiences several changes due to the outburst of development the core colonial heritage remains intact. The city is beautiful inside out.

10. Sikkim

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Wondered about those beautiful destinations on the postcards? Well, Sikkim is definitely one of those places with the breath-taking green valleys and Himalayan mountains. It’s the best refuge to those who want to lay low surrounded by mother nature. There are several Buddhist monasteries to visit plus the local food is really sumptuous. For fun, you can try hiking and mountaineering. The place is indeed heaven.

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Family Fun in the South of France

The all important family holiday, each year this week or two away is a high point of the family calendar, although the desire to mix things up each year can grow. If you are looking to take your family somewhere slightly different to the usual holiday spots, whilst making sure everyone can take part in something active, then the sport friendly south of France may well be the perfect destination for you.

In this scenic part of the French countryside, you can try your hand at a range of sporting activities as well as more sedate excursions for those periods where all you want to do is relax. As well as catering for adults and adrenaline hungry teens, young children can feel as much at home spending a week in the beautiful and sunny southern France countryside with Grandma and Grandpa.

Camping

For many children there is very little more exciting than their first ever big camping trip, and it becomes even bigger when that trip is abroad. For parents, the option of camping in the South of France means that you can minimise the risk of a wet and windy week in the great British countryside, famed for its liquid sunshine. All the campsites in the South of France have lots of other children on site meaning that your little ones can play and make new friends. Living outdoors is exciting for any child and will be something they look fondly back on, whether it be pitching their first tent or singing around a campfire.

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Beaches

For those that prefer a relaxing getaway, rather than an action packed activity holiday with lots of running around, you can head to any of the glorious French beaches. If you’re enjoying the luxury life by staying in a stunning villa you can complement this by driving down to the beach early to find your perfect spot. It is always important to remember that you should keep everyone ‘slip, slapped and slopped’ and covered up between 11am and 3pm when the sun’s power is at it’s peak. As for activities at the beach, mum and dad can sprawl out and relax whilst kids paddle in the warm waters, with supervision. You can also try out a number of water sports, with most beaches offering water skiing and sea kayaking, there is then the all time favourite of beach volleyball with the family. Whatever you choose, the beaches can provide it all.

Sports

The French Riviera is renowned as a fantastic canoeing spot and for the sporty types it provides the place to learn. It does not matter if you have not been in a canoe before, or if you are a seasoned pro, you can take lessons or just hire a canoe for a leisurely drift down the river. Make sure you take a picnic so that you can stop off on a riverbank and treat the family to the fine French food. For those not too keen on water, horse riding is another popular activity within the region and it provides some of the more incredible views of rural southern France.

Culture

The French are famed for their culture and holidaying in the South of France will allow you to dive in and learn about it. Museums are not high on the list of favourite things to do for most children but there will be something that catches their imagination – especially in the bigger cities such as Nice. The museums all display a range of French and global artefacts from a wide period of time and there is also a large number of art galleries showcasing some of the most beautiful and important pieces within the country. With a range of classic, contemporary and international art, there truly is something for all members of the family and a bit of culture can add some educational benefit to the family holiday.

Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer working alongside a selection of travel companies, including South France Holiday Villas, who were consulted over the information contained in this piece.

Brits love Spain

Why do Brits love Spain?

Everyone knows the phrase of ‘Brits abroad’ and all the negative connotations that come along with it, I would also suspect that when you think of typical ‘Brits abroad’ destinations various resorts, towns and cities in Spain will pop into the mind. You also have the island resorts, including Ibiza and Magaluf – that are notorious for rowdy British teenagers looking for a party. This may well be a jaded view of what British tourists in Spain are actually like but it is the stereotype for the Spanish loving Brits.

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Spain is phenomenally popular with the British, in fact it is the most visited holiday destination alongside France for them. There is a lot of appeal for a week in the sun during the summer but there is something about the Spanish way of life, countryside and culture that keeps drawing in millions of Brits year after year after year. For some it even draws them in for life, or at least enough to purchase a property in the country. So, just what is it that draws the British to Spain?

Easy to get to

The prevalence of budget airlines within Europe has aided tourism to many parts of the continent and throughout the United Kingdom there are airlines including EasyJet, Ryanair and Flybe that were founded in Britain and service every corner of the country. These airlines offer people the chance to fly to countries like Spain for next to nothing, it is often possible to find a return fair to Barcelona for under £35. That’s right, all the technology and cost involved in getting you 30,000 feet in the air and travelling at 500mph can cost less than a DVD boxset. This has opened up foreign holidays to a whole new market and it is often cheaper than staying at home for a holiday.

Then you have the EU membership. Being a part of the EU means that there are no visas to apply for and no hoops to jump through, flying from a British airport to Spain just requires a passport. Once you are within mainland Europe you can travel freely between borders of other European countries thanks to the Schengen agreement – for this you do not even have to stop at a border or show your passport, meaning a road trip throughout the Iberian Peninsula is very easy to organise.

Weather

The weather is very much the favourite topic for most Brits and there is nothing better than getting away from the cold, grey miserable drizzle that is quite often the British summertime. Spain offers summer temperatures that can rival even the warmest locations on earth along with stunning coastlines and spotless beaches. The Spanish weather and culture of enjoying the summer is a big draw for all Brits looking for a nice sunny getaway. The sun also stays out in the cooler seasons with the South of Spain still regularly seeing 20 degrees throughout the winter, making it the perfect winter sun getaway.

Affordability

It is not only flights that are cheap, thanks to the economic situation throughout Europe and the drastic weakening of the Euro currency, Spain is now more affordable then it has been in almost a decade. The weak currency means that there are savings of almost 10% year-on-year for things that have stayed the same price in Euros. This means that hard earned money goes a lot further now and makes the whole holiday more affordable once you have arrived in the country. This is also benefiting property investors who are not only saving money because of the currency but still taking advantage of low prices throughout the market.

It is clear the the British people love Spain for its weather, accessibility, affordability but more so the culture that it offers people and the chance to relax amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe.

Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer for the travel industry, working alongside a selection of companies including Panorama – Marbella’s largest and longest running real estate agent, who were consulted over this post.